Kashmir is a paradise, where the forces
of darkness have let hell loose, very loose. Strange! Indeed. However, a somber reality nevertheless. Kashmiris are subject
to all sorts of indignities of life. Everything is gone – law, order, security and ah! Even honour too. The situation
has worsened beyond imaginable lengths. Kill, whosoever you come across is the order of the day. Ah! Men in corridors of power!
How weak in reason appears your clamor for democracy to us. How many innocent Kashmiris languish in your prisons? Democrats
donning the mental of humanism, meet out inhuman treatment to them.
No laws work, no rules operate, no principles guide, no hearts beat in tune with
the cries of the people in Kashmir either. Accountability figures in books. They kill with impunity. They honor Zero Tolerance of the Indian Prime Minister
in breach rather than in observance. All structures of civilized life have come trembling down to the earth.
APHC chooses today in a silent protest sit-in to highlight pitiably painful situation,
Kashmiris are beset with in Indian prisons. Who do you pick up, where and why? Let the following few amongst many glaring
examples suffice to set the just a thinking.
Parvez Ahmad Radoo, A post graduate zoologist from Pune University. Left his home for Pune to appear in examination
on September 12 2006, arrested immediately after coming out of the aeroplane, kept in secret prison and then produced before
media on October 20 2006, just one day prior to Diwali. Latter shown to have been arrested in possession of RDX, timers, detonators
from railway station, New Delhi.
Ajaz Hussain Khawaja, a well known handicrafts businessman, settled in New Delhi since thirty years and a Presidential Medal Winner
arrested from his flat in New Delhi in front of his family members and latter shown to have been arrested in possession
Imran Ahmad Kirmani, an aeronautical engineer, residing in Delhi since last many years. Who was supposed to join
Deccan Airways, arrested in Delhi without any reason.
Gh. Rasool Bafanda, a fruit businessman while coming out of aeroplane in Delhi on November 15 2006, arrested unreasonably and latter
shown to have been arrested in possession of RDX.
Mohammad Amin Hajam, a Government Employee in Revenue Department along with Gulzar Ahmad Ganaie, a Second Year student
unreasonably arrested in Delhi on November 27 2006 and latter produced before media on December
allegedly shown to have been arrested in possession of RDX.
Mohammad Iqbal and Mushtaq Ahmad Kaloo were on a business visit to New Delhi and arrested on November 27 2006, allegedly shown to have been
arrested in possession of RDX.
Ali Mohammad and Samiullah, two brothers arrested on November 27 2006, and later shown to have been
arrested on December 31 2006 in possession of explosive substance.
Ab. Majid Baba, a fruit businessman has been unreasonably arrested in New Delhi on way back to his home from Kolkata.
Besides there are people in thousands languishing in different jails, interrogation
centers, lockups in India. Number of detainees in some jails as per available record is below mentioned just
to apprise the people of conscience.
Central Jail Srinagar 275
District Jail Udhampur 62
Kot Balwal Jail Jammu 325
Amphala Jail Jammu 43
District Jail Kuthwa 59
Tihar Jail Delhi
Moreover, atrocities perpetrated upon the detainees is beyond imagination. Detainees
are denied the basic requirements of life by jail authorities and are not produced before the courts on one or the other pretext,
which is in violation of the charter of United Nations and the rules framed by its various committees.
APHC on this occasion requests the international Human rights organizations for
an intervention so that the detainees belonging to the soil of Kashmir in particular are treated in the most sophisticated civilized manner in
accordance with the norms of international law governing the detainees in general.
What is must for under trails and for prisoners under going jail terms is the recognition
as human beings by providing proper facilities for residing in the jail, in barracks, in lock ups, with special stress on
proper sleep, washing and bathing, proper food and above all hygienic atmosphere in jails.
Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari
All Parties Hurriyat Conference